Galatea 2.2 Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Richard Powers
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Richard realize when C. heard that her parents were moving?

2. What does Philip Lentz lead Richard to believe?

3. What are Philip Lentz and his friends discussing when Richard joins them?

4. What does Richard think about after the scene of Philip Lentz's experiment?

5. How does Richard describe his relationship with C.?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Richard receive in the mail in the beginning of section II?

2. What story does Harold Plover tell Richard about his daughters' language acquisition?

3. What does Richard begin to use in training implementation B?

4. What does Helen start to want to see images of?

5. Describe Richard's progress on his new book.

6. How does Lentz trick Richard in Section V?

7. What were Richard and C.'s thoughts about having children?

8. How does Richard Powers use flashbacks in his narrative?

9. What does Diana Hartrick tell Richard at lunch?

10. What are Philip Lentz and Diana Hartrick discussing when Richard sees them at the campus bar?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a character sketch of the author based on his style and content. What values does he hold dear? What are his hopes and fears? What kind of person do you think he is? Anchor your sketch in passages in the book.

Essay Topic 2

Why is Lentz driven to cut into Helen, and why is Richard ultimately resigned to allow him to? Why do men have to kill, or at least pry into, the things they create and come to love?

Essay Topic 3

Does Lentz become a replacement for C.? How does Lentz call out the same struggles and aspects of Richard's personality that had been called out in Richard's relationship with C.? Alternatively, does Helen become a replacement for C. and how does "she" call out the same struggles Richard had been engaged in with C.?

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